Take one formidable undefeated horse, mix in a bevy of local stars and out-of-town shippers, and add a Maryland state record carryover jackpot in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 of more than $1 million and the result is one spectacular afternoon of racing at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
Sunday’s 10-race program kicks off at 12:40 p.m. and includes five stakes, four scheduled for the turf, worth $475,000 in purses highlighted by the $100,000 Shine Again for fillies and mares 3 and older sprinting six furlongs on the main track.
The Shine Again, the next race in the 24-stakes Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series that runs through Dec. 26, is headed by 4-year-old filly Chub Wagon, winner of the Skipat May 15 at Pimlico on the undercard of the 146th Preakness (G1) to run her perfect record to 6-0. It will be her biggest test yet, facing the likes of Anna’s Bandit, Hello Beautiful and Dontletsweetfoolya who have combined for 29 wins, 18 in stakes.
All four remaining stakes are scheduled for the grass led by the $100,000 Prince George’s County for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles that drew a field of 12 including main-track-only entrant Shane’s Jewel and featuring graded-stakes winners English Bee, Eons and Pixelate, the narrow 3-1 program favorite on turf. Graded-stakes placed stablemates Logical Myth and Midnight Tea Time come in from Kentucky to challenge.
New York-based stakes winner Beautiful Lover, twice graded-stakes placed for trainer Chad Brown, is favored at 2-1 on the morning line in the $100,000 Searching at 1 ½ miles for fillies and mares 3 and up. In her first start for trainer Christophe Clement, the 5-year-old mare was fifth by 2 ½ lengths in the 1 1/16-mile Distaff Turf March 28 at Tampa Bay Downs, her first race in more than six months. Her main competition is expected to come from Dowager (G3) winner Blame Debbie and fellow stakes winner Luck Money.
Rounding out the stakes action are a pair of five-furlong sprints – the $100,000 Stormy Blues for 3-year-old fillies and $75,000 Ben’s Cat for Maryland-bred/sired 3-year-olds and up. Street Lute, a six-time stakes winner on the dirt, is entered to make her turf debut in the Stormy Blues against the likes of multiple stakes-placed Honey Pants, the 7-2 program favorite, and the pair of Wink and Amanzi Yimpilo from trainer Wesley Ward, currently in England for the upcoming Royal Ascot meet.
So Street is a narrow 4-1 morning-line favorite in the Ben’s Cat facing fellow stakes winners Introduced and Air Token and defending champion Oldies But Goodies and 2020 Maryland Million Turf runner-up Cannon’s Roar. Hemp, third in the May 15 Chick Lang (G3) at Pimlico, is entered for main track only.
Following Sunday’s action, live racing returns to Pimlico Friday, June 18.
Record Rainbow 6 Carryover Tops $1 Million for Stakes-Filled Sunday
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Saturday at historic Pimlico Race Course, growing the Maryland state record carryover jackpot to $1,007,434.44 for Sunday’s stakes-filled program.
First race post time is 12:40 p.m.
A total of $102,742 was put into the popular multi-race wager on top of a carryover of $974,564.10 from the last full live program June 6. Friday’s card at Pimlico was canceled after two races due to inclement weather. Multiple tickets with all six winners Saturday each returned $9,861.08.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 60 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 40 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
Introduced in Maryland April 2, 2015 on opening day of Pimlico’s spring meet, the Rainbow 6 had its previous state record carryover reach $345,898.33 spanning 31 racing programs before being solved by one lucky bettor for a life-changing $399,545.94 payout April 15, 2018 at Laurel Park. The winning ticket was purchased through Maine off-track betting.
Sunday’s Rainbow 6 spans Races 5-10 and includes four of the day’s five stakes worth a total of $475,000 in purses – the $75,000 Ben’s Cat (Race 6), $100,000 Prince George’s County (Race 8), $100,000 Shine Again (Race 9) and $100,000 Stormy Blues (Race 10).
Three of the stakes – the Ben’s Cat, Prince George’s County and Stormy Blues – comprise the grass races in the Rainbow 6 sequence. The $100,000 Searching, which kicks off the stakes action in Race 4, is also scheduled for the turf.
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